DOB: 28 July 1970
From: Glenorchy/Melbourne High School, Selection #42, 1986 National Draft
Number: 16 1988-1995
Games: 121 (164 total)
Goals: 146 (166 total)
Known as "Chopper" due to his teenage career as a wood chopping champion, Lovell played two seasons of senior football at Glenorchy - including a premiership - before being picked up by the Demons in the first national draft.
1987 was a learning curve for the tough on-baller and he played only two reserves games, but the 22-year-old debuted early the next year - kicking a goal with his first kick and the matchwinning goal on debut - and by the end of the season where he had also played school football at Melbourne High he was playing in a VFL Grand Final.
Expecting to build on his 22 games that year, Lovell saw his 1989 season destroyed by injury. That year he had to wait until round 21 to play his one and only match for the season. He managed twelve games the next season but didn't play after round 14 - missing the Demons run into the finals.
1991 was another disappointment. Despite winning state selection for the first time, Lovell had to wait until round 5 for his first match, then two in the middle of the year before being recalled for the Demons finals campaign. Despite having missed the second half of the season he lined up in the Elimination Final against Essendon and as a foil for the eight goal Allen Jakovich kicked a then career high four goals.
Perhaps having saved his career with his performances in the finals that year, Lovell finally managed a relatively uninterrupted 1992, and carved out a niche as a ruck-rover that saw him finish second in the Best and Fairest.
From then on he was a fixture in the side, playing 18 games in 1993, including a career high eight goals against Richmond in round 21 of that season, 24 in 1994 and 20 in 1995 before being swapped to West Coast for Craig Turley. Lovell spent three years at the Eagles before retiring. He only missed one game in his first year but struggled after the death of his father in 1997 and made just four appearances in 1998 before retiring.
He served as an Eagles assistant, was appointed coach of East Perth in 2003 and in 2006 returned to the AFL as an assistant with Geelong. In the last year of Melbourne's alignment with Sandringham he acted as senior coach, staying there until the end of 2010 when he joined Gold Coast as an assistant, remaining there through 2018.
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